Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two or Three Things I know About Her

  I think the beginning scene with introducing Juliette as actress, and as a person within a story sets the stage of showing the two different sides to this character.  In one way she is a housewife, and mother of two, and on the other side she is a prostitute who spends her extra cash on clothes, booze, and cafes.  Keeping with this double theme, we see a lot of construction and Oil company signs, and then we go to inner workings of an older city with; cafes, small clothing boutiques, and corner shops.  
  One of the two most memorable, and eye-catching scenes is when we see Juliette trying to hit on a man in order to have him pick her up ($$) inside of a cafe, and there is an overhead shot of espresso and it's creme swirling around.  It's interesting, and is beautifully shot.  The other scene of both Juliette and her other hooker friend, when they go to an American john who is overly patriotically portrayed.  He's wearing a U.S. flag shirt, has a stripped towel and walks into a bathroom that is dark blue with spots on the walls (which give a resemblance to the flag).  Then in order for him to get off, he has the woman put on airline bags on their heads, and walk around.  I thought maybe that Godard was making a statement that America is commercially, and materialistically driven and are blind to the world (like in having bags over our heads).  Not sure if this was the case, but knowing Godard's past statements on the subjects, I thought it might have a connection.
  Juliette is seen to be pretty materialistic in her own right, you see her drop her kid off at  a brothel and leave him with an old man.  Then you see her shopping for a dress,  and off to a bar.  You want to feel bad for her, and her family for putting her in the situation of having to prostitute but then you see her spending the money on herself.  Not to mention abandoning her kid with a stranger.
  I felt a little cheated in the end, because i thought there was going to be something big that happens.  Or a resolution to the families problems, but there isn't.  Not to say that there weren't things to learn and see, but i just felt like Godard was building up to something big, but it just ended.  Which is very French New Wave.

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